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1.40 Can you hire a plumber and electrician without going through the contractor?

Q. My first contractor flaked out and never gave me an estimate after I spent hours explaining to the plumber and electrician what I wanted done. Now I am trying to get the plumber and electrician's estimates and have them lined up to work on a specific date. "Professional courtesy" because the bid was under the flakey contractor has impeded the process. I want to save the "surcharge" my contractor would charge and just hire the plumber and electrician by myself. Why is this so hard? What is the secret code to get this done??!! I want to save myself the money, especially since the bids are already done and they know what I want/need done!

A. Yes of course you can! But if they are the general contractors sub contractors they might not feel right about doing it without the contractor. If this is the case, go through your local phone book or a home improvement book (they usually have them for free in the super markets) and find a LICENSED and INSURED plumber and electrician.

1.20 Does Landlord have to be present when contractor comes for an estimate?

Q. I am a new landlord and I need an electrician to come and provide an estimate (baseboard heater replacement). Can I just ask the electrician and tenant both to schedule the time which works for both of them and then just coordinate the work over the phone? Or: Do I have to be present there when contractor comes for an estimate?

A. You don't "have to" be there but you're now running a business. A business that is open to liability. What happens if your electrician takes a liking to your attractive female tenant? CYA and go thru the job with the electrician, he'll know exactly what you want and you'll know exactly what you're paying for. Most tradesmen give estimates in the evenings anyway.

1.20 Is this a good price for a basement remodel? How should I pay?

Q. I received a bid today for a partial basement remodel from an acquaintance of mine that I'm pretty confident I can trust. He quoted me $6,500 to complete 625 square feet. This includes dry wall, the ceilings, outlets, canned lighting, carpet, 3 doors and paint. Is this a pretty good price? Also, I have a home equity line of credit with 3.75% interest. I think I should use this because it's tax deductable. I can't pay cash and don't want to use a credit card. Well, I could pay half cash and half line of credit but I don't want to break myself paying for this all up front. Is the HELOC a good idea? Thanks. wow. Thanks for the detialed advice. Um, yes he is putting 2 x 4 studs in and blowing insulation in. The painting will be contracted out to a painter, the electrical to an electrician and the carpet to a local company. It sounds like the guy is in charge of the job but contracting most of it out. It also includes stipled ceiling, switch installation on dimmers and base/casing (whatever that is).

A. I think you need to get three or four estimates..all need to be written and describing exactly what is included. Write out what you want done to your space, so each contractor can bid accordingly. I have to tell you, I do not like working with friends (unless it is just for an afternoon having dinner or beer as pay). Do not make a decision until you have all the estimates. As for paying..that is a personal decision you need to make on your own or with your financial advisor from the bank. A word of advice..wiring should be done by a licensed electrician and do not cheap out on the recessed lighting.

1.20 I want to be a home builder, and how would i start off?

Q. I have done a home build already through my school. Through that i got my apprenticeship paper signed for electrician, and go to school and all that. I want to become a builder, but first i want to get my electrical license, since for being a builder there is no license. How should i start? Is there any type of certificate i need; for knowledge in building houses?

A. Well although you don't have to have a license to be a builder you do have to have a general contractors license to pull permits you may want to start with a construction management degree then study for your general contractors license and get a job with a general contractor or "builder" and learn the business and in 5 or 10 years you can become a builder, there are people who don't have to do all this but they have a lot of money and they just hire general contractors to build houses who in turn take their money and rip them off because they don't know what they're doing

1.20 I'm barely going to turn 18 and i want to be a Construction worker, How do i go about doing that?

Q. Cause i have little construction experience. But that's what i want to do. Any advice/info?

A. First you need to decide what kind of construction work you wish to do. There are hundreds of different jobs in construction. To get into some fields like electrician or plumbing you will have to go to a trade school. Other industries get their new workers through an apprentice program. Look in the yellow pages and find listings for labor unions. (many construction jobs are union) and give them a call. Ask if you can talk to union reps for a few different fields to get an idea of which type of construction job you want. Then look in the yellow pages and call a few construction companies and ask to speak to someone who does the hiring. That person will also be able to give you good information about the skills needed to get hired. After you find out what you want to do, either go to school or start applying for jobs in the field you like. Good luck.

1.20 Construction work??

Q. Is it possible at all for girls to do construction or demolition work of any kind? becuz i have called every job in the newspaper looking for a job and they seem to think its funny that i even consider applying for these types of jobs... Im tired of sitting at a desk all day :D

A. My husband is an electrician and there are women that do that work. Granted there aren't very many, and many of those that do work in the trade (at least here) aren't strong enough to do the work. Like they can't lift the larger ladders and such. Many women are strong enough, but don't get the chance because of that. What you may want to do is see if you can get in on a Union apprenticeship and see if you can get a shot that way. Good luck. It's good money if you can get it, in most of the buliding trades.

1.20 How do I find contractors and pricing for a commercial kitchen build out for a start-up restaurant?

Q. I am starting a new restaurant and need more accurate pricing estimates for the landlord and bank as far as kitchen build out costs. How do I find commercial kitchen contractors and how do I price shop without wasting everyone's time? Do I need an approved design layout first? Help!

A. I would do a layout first and then have the contractors bid it out according to the design layout. That way you get the contractors bidding out the same thing and you can compare apples to apples. They will ask some questions that you didn't think about so your design layout may alter. You can find reviews on the services you need at Angie’s List – from electrician to physician. This is a special link for a special offer: http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-3501334-10582896?sid=ya061209 This looks like residential contractors but I've gotten contractors that have done commercial work as well. At least you can see reviews of them. Hope it goes well!

1.20 How much does an electrician charge to pull the wire per metre?

Q. Hello, I wont to change an existing CCTV cable in a hotel I work. Most cables are outside the wall but in some places they go through the sealing and slightly change direction.Could you tell me pls how much does an electrician charge per metre in London.Many thanks. It's about 1 day work, all materials provided. Any approximate price ?

A. I charge by the job estimate how long it will take, materials then put a price in £180 but i live in staffordshire, get a local spark to do a free quote

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